#157: Gil Odendaal – Empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North – Podcast

Jan 13, 2020English, Podcast0 comments

Gil Odendaal – Empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North

by Graham Joseph Hill | The GlobalChurch Project Podcast - Episode 157

Gil Odendaal and Graham Joseph Hill talk about empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North. They discuss the shape of integral mission and credible witness, the need to take up our cross and follow Jesus, and how Christians can respond to issues to do with refugees and asylum seekers, racism and conflict, and consumerism. The churches of the Global South teach Western Christians about the realm of the spirit, about integral mission, and about truly being the priesthood of all believers. The Global Church Project episode #157.

From directing global initiatives for Saddleback Church to building innovative programs for other reputable global ministries, Gil Odendaal has dedicated more than 30 years to empowering the church around the world to seamlessly integrate word and deed ministries that transform communities, especially through health related initiatives.

Gil Odendaal is the author of Standing with the Vulnerable: A Curriculum for Transforming Lives and Communities (IVP, 2016). He is the Executive Director of Gil Odendaal Consultancy. Prior to this he was the Senior Vice President Integral Mission at World Relief. Gil seeks to empower the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North. Whether that church consists of 2 Christ-followers gathering in a basement in a restricted access country or a church of 20,000 in an open Christian country – the goal is the same – to serve them so that that their gospel proclamation has social consequences as they call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And their social involvement has evangelistic consequences as they bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Prior to serving with World Relief, Gil served as Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren, assisting and facilitating the deployment of more than 10,000 short term missionaries.

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